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Glovers dealt Williams blow

Midfielder suffered knee ligament damage in Preston defeat

By Chris Galea.   Last Updated: 15/09/11 12:21pm

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Williams: Is facing at least a couple of months on the sidelines due to a knee injury

Williams: Is facing at least a couple of months on the sidelines due to a knee injury

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Yeovil Town look set to be without experienced midfielder Gavin Williams for several months after he sustained knee ligament damage.

The 31-year-old was substituted after just 15 minutes of the Glovers' 4-3 defeat at Preston last Friday and is now set for a lengthy spell out.

The former Bristol City man missed the midweek win over Wycombe but Glovers boss Terry Skiverton says Williams' enforced absence will not immediately force him back into the loan market.

"There's nothing on the go at the moment because the team are doing very well, but things could change with injuries playing their part," Skiverton told skysports.com.

"Gavin Williams is the latest one, who is going to be out for a while, so one thing I do have to do is make sure that we have got options open to us should injuries crop up in certain areas.

"It will be at least a couple of months out for Gavin and it is a blow because his name adds to the list of Andy Williams and Jon Obika, so it is not ideal, but you've just got to get on with it and not use it as an excuse.

"The one thing that we have been doing, especially with the performance at Preston, is staying focused and my lads have shown that they won't wilt when the bigger games come round."

The Glovers welcome promotion favourites Sheffield Wednesday to Huish Park on Saturday and Skiverton insists that the pressure is all on the visitors after returning to winning ways on Tuesday night.

He added: "We've had a tough start to be honest, with Preston, Sheffield United, MK Dons and Brentford, so a lot of the top teams.

"Wycombe was a big one for us because they are a side more on our level, so getting a win under our belts was important and thankfully we did that.

"That result gives us some breathing space going into Saturday's game with Sheffield Wednesday and they will be reeling after the 5-1 defeat at Stevenage, so they will be lively and sharp to put things right."

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